Architecture

Of the Rio Grande Valley

Matamoros’ Midcentury Legacy

Matamoros’ Midcentury Legacy

ArchitectureMatamorosYear Built - 1950, 1951, 1956 Architects -Enrique León de la Barra, Augustín Reyes Escobar, Sergio Paredes Rangel, Ignacio López Bancalari, Frank Lloyd Wright Text and Photos - Stephen FoxAcross the border from Brownsville, Texas, is Matamoros,...

Casa López Padrón

Casa López Padrón

ArchitectureMatamorosSergio Paredes designed the Casa López Padrón not in Colonia Jardín but in Matamoros’s Zona Centro on Calle Sexta, the city’s principal north-south thoroughfare. Matamoros architects were called on to insert modern houses into mixed-use, urban...

Mad About Mid Century Modern

Mad About Mid Century Modern

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1949 Architects - John YorkMy husband and I are crazy about the architecture from the 50’s and 60’s, we love our home designed by Architect John York in 1949. It has taken us about 12 years to restore this home, and we know this...

Fabulous Restoration of MCM Home in Harlingen, Texas

Fabulous Restoration of MCM Home in Harlingen, Texas

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXThis is an amazing and spacious home which was recently restored with the professional guidance of Megamorphosis Architecture & Interior Design. The entire home was gutted, and everything is brand new. We will write a full story about the...

Midcentury Modern Homes in Harlingen

Midcentury Modern Homes in Harlingen

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1958 Architects -E. Lester SwansonThe Harlingen City Lake area boasts a good number of midcentury modern homes that have preserved their style throughout the years like these two we present here. Top photo is the Architect E....

John G. York House

John G. York House

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1952 Architects -Cocke, Bowman, & York Text and Photo - Stephen FoxThe most radical of Cocke, Bowman & York’s houses was the house that York designed for his wife, Patsy Catsinas and their three children, Sandra, James, and...

Laurel Park: Harlingen’s Garden Neighborhood

Laurel Park: Harlingen’s Garden Neighborhood

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1950s Architects -John McKelvey and John York Text and Photos - Stephen FoxGale Cook gave Stephen Fox this aerial photo, taken in 1950, of the most ambitious of John McKelvey and John York’s collaborations: Laurel Park,...

The House Designed for Living

The House Designed for Living

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1949 Architects - Cocke, Bowman, & YorkCocke, Bowman & York designed the House Designed for Living of 1949 as Laurel Park’s demonstration house. Because the house lies on the north side of the street, its rooms need to open toward...

Cornelius P. Thise House

Cornelius P. Thise House

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1950 Architects - Cocke, Bowman, & York Text & Photos - Stephen FoxIt is intriguing to contrast the interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture in Matamoros in the 1950s with its interpretation by Cocke, Bowman &...

Frank G. Parker House

Frank G. Parker House

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1949 Architects - Cocke, Bowman, and York Text and Photos - Stephen FoxAt the Frank G. Parker House on South Parkwood of 1949, Cocke, Bowman & York registered the slight change in grade between the higher portion of the yard,...

Dr. James C. Burkholder House

Dr. James C. Burkholder House

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1956 Architects -Alan Y. Taniguchi Text and Photo - Stephen FoxTaniguchi’s house for Dr James Burkholder of 1956, on the banks of the Arroyo Colorado in Harlingen, could have been transposed from the Berkeley Hills.

Dr. George Willeford House

Dr. George Willeford House

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1957 Architects - Alan Y. Taniguchi Text and Photo - Stephen FoxAn expansive house with low-pitched roof and glazed gable for Dr. George Willeford of 1957 was one of several Taniguchi designed in Laurel Park. Unlike John York and...

At Home with A Valley Modern Master

At Home with A Valley Modern Master

ArchitectureMcAllen, TXYear Built - 1960s Architects - Max Burkhart Text - Stephen FoxArchitect Max Burkhart’s house attests to his involvement with concrete construction in the 1960s and 1970s. Burkhart founded Valcon, a Pharr construction company specializing in...

Aeropuerto Internacional General Servando Canales

Aeropuerto Internacional General Servando Canales

ArchitectureMatamorosYear Built - 1958 Architects - Luis MacGregor KriegerAeropuerto Internacional General Servando Canales, Matamoros (1958) Arq. Luis MacGregor Krieger Matamoros attracted a second young architect from Mexico City, Luis MacGregor Krieger, who was...

Calle 6a y Calle and Palacio Municipal

Calle 6a y Calle and Palacio Municipal

ArchitectureMatamorosYear Built - 1940s Architects - Jorge ElizaldeThe Lázaro Cárdenas administration began construction in the 1930s of a network of flood protection levees, diversion dams, and irrigation canals that, as historian Casey Walsh demonstrates, converted...

Centro Comercial PRONAF

Centro Comercial PRONAF

ArchitectureMatamorosYear Built - 1964 Architects -Arqs. Mario Pani y Hilario GalgueraThe most publicized modern architecture built along the lower Río Grande in the 1960s was produced in conjunction with a Mexican government initiative, the Programa Nacional...

Modern Commercial Properties in Harlingen

Modern Commercial Properties in Harlingen

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXThese are just a few examples of commercial properties around Harlingen’s downtown and Sunshine Strip. The “atomic” force of an era long gone, but one that refuses to perish.

Sun Valley Hall of Fame Mall

Sun Valley Hall of Fame Mall

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1969Being the daughter of a perpetual shopaholic I was well aware of the location of every single fashion shop and boutique in every corner of the Rio Grande Valley. My mother would not hesitate to drive anywhere to find the...

Two Popular Dental Offices in Harlingen

Two Popular Dental Offices in Harlingen

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1959 Architects - John G. York & AssociatesThese two midcentury modern dental office buildings are still in great shape, and open to the public. One cannot help but admire the lush tropical landscape that surrounds them. One much...

Cocke,Bowman & York

Cocke,Bowman & York

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1951 Architects - Cocke,Bowman & York Photos - Cocke,Bowman & YorkAn example of Cocke, Bowman & York’s ingenious pragmatism is the Clarke & Courts Building in downtown Harlingen of 1951. Rather than conventional brick-framed...

Harlingen National Bank Tile Mural

Harlingen National Bank Tile Mural

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1958 Architects -John G. York & Associates Text - Stephen FoxThe downtown building John York remodeled for the Harlingen National Bank in 1958 contains a tile mural by Shirley Voekrodt, whom York married in 1959. The national...

Clarke & Courts Building

Clarke & Courts Building

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1951 Architects - Cocke, Bowman & York Text and Photos - Stephen FoxAn example of Cocke, Bowman & York’s ingenious pragmatism is the Clarke & Courts Building in downtown Harlingen of 1951. Rather than conventional brick-framed...

Los Vecinos

Los Vecinos

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1953 Architects - Cocke, Bowman & YorkWhen Cocke, Bowman & York designed housing for a predominantly Mexican-American community in Harlingen, it was Los Vecinos of 1953, a 150-unit public housing complex built by the Harlingen...

Former Central Power & Light Company

Former Central Power & Light Company

ArchitectureHarlingen, TXYear Built - 1962 Architects - Bowman, Swanson & Hiester Address - 311 E. Van Buren, Harlingen, TXText content will go here.

Midcentury Modern Religion

Midcentury Modern Religion

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1950 Architects - Cocke, Bowman & YorkHarlingen’s Wesley Methodist Church and the Congregation Beth Israel Temple are two important examples of religious buildings of the Valley’s modern era. The Beth Israel Temple on the top...

James B. Bonham Elementary School. Harlingen

James B. Bonham Elementary School. Harlingen

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1953 Architects - Cocke, Bowman & York Text and Photos - Stephen FoxThe Architect and His Community: Cocke, Bowman & York: Harlingen, Texas The first part of this article is posted under the Who’s Who tab of RGVMod. This in an...

David Crockett Elementary School

David Crockett Elementary School

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1951 Architects - Cocke, Bowman & York Text and Photos - Stephen FoxIn contrast to Mexico, where the Comité Administrador del Programa Federal de Construcción de Escuelas, a federal agency known by the acronym CAPFCE, controlled...

Harlingen High School

Harlingen High School

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1958 Architects -Smyth & Smyth of Corpus Christi and Walter C. Bowman

Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1949 Architects - Walter C. Bowman Address - 702 W. Harrison, Harlingen, TX

Former Lon C. Hill Memorial Library

Former Lon C. Hill Memorial Library

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1951 Architects - Cocke, Bowman and YorkThis building formerly housed the Lon C. Hill Memorial Library. It has been altertered throughout the years, and the floor to ceiling windows covered. It was designed by Cocke, Bowman and...

Harlingen City Hall

Harlingen City Hall

ArchitectureTexasville, TXYear Built - 1949 Architects - C. Lyman EllisThis building which has more of an Art Deco influence was designed by C. Lyman Ellis and built in 1949. The building has a historical marker.

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church

ArchitectureEdinburg, TXYear Built - 1948 Architects - Cocke & Bowman, J. York, Design AssociateFirst Presbyterian Church, Edinburg, 1948, Cocke & Bowman, J. York, Design Associate The Wrightian overtones of Cocke, Bowman & York’s perspective of the First Presbyterian...

St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

ArchitectureEdinburg, TXYear Built - 1947 Architects -Charles E. KoenThe St. Joseph Catholic Church was designed by Architect Charles E. Koen in 1947. Koen produced good work in the Rio Grande Valley when the Valley was part of the Corpus Christi diocese.

Falcón International Dam

Falcón International Dam

ArchitectureNueva Ciudad GuerreroYear Built - 1948-54Under the auspices of the International Water and Boundary Commission, the U.S. and Mexican governments sought through the 1960s to repeat the integrated development strategy associated with the Tennessee Valley...

Aerial view of Nueva Ciudad Guerrero

Aerial view of Nueva Ciudad Guerrero

ArchitectureNueva Ciudad GuerreroYear Built - 1950-54 Architects - Carlos LazoOn the shore of Falcón International Reservoir, the new town of Nueva Ciudad Guerrero was built in 1950-54 to replace Guerrero’s 18th-century townsite, inundated by impoundment of river...

Plaza Juárez and Palacio Municipal

Plaza Juárez and Palacio Municipal

ArchitectureNueva Ciudad GuerreroThe central plaza is not in the center of town but isolated at one edge, on an acropolis near the lakeshore. The Palacio Municipal is a modern concrete building. Like Falcón Dam, it is an example of functionalist engineer’s...

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